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Are Chefs With Dead Fish the New Chefs With Dead Pigs?

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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

On the cover of this month's issue of UK-based Observer Food Monthly, Brazilian chef Alex Atala (of D.O.M. in Sao Paulo, ranked #6 in the world) can be seen with his hands inside a fish. In the cover story, writer Allan Jenkins spends six days with Atala on the Amazon river, where they eat indigenous foods and discuss the state of Brazilian cuisine. The story also includes a photo of Atala with a dead fish draped over his shoulders. It seems like Atala and Observer Food Monthly aren't the only ones who think chefs with dead fish make for strong cover art.

The cover of NYC chef Paul Liebrandt's upcoming book To the Bone shows the chef with an arm inside a fish. Clarkson Potter editor-at-large Francis Lam notes over Twitter that arms in fish is "the look of the season." In the grand history of chefs posing with food, this new fish pose — Eater is calling this the "Fish Glove" — seems inspired by previous trends of chefs wearing food. Past iterations include the "I'm Wearing Food" pose and the "Hold-A-Pig" pose. Which chefs will be photographed with their hands inside fishes next? Only time will tell whether the Fish Glove is the new Hold-A-Pig.

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